U.S. blacklists Venezuela's vice president as drug trafficker

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Washington [United States], Feb.14 (ANI): The Donald Trump Administration on Monday declared the Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, a drug trafficker. Media reports in America said that the announcement was made by the United States Department of Treasury under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (FNKDA). This is the Trump Administration's first crackdown on an official of the Venezuelan government, which is lead by President Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. Department of Treasury said in a statement that apart from El Aissami, the FNKDA is also being applied to his associate Samark Jose Lopez Bello, as he has been accused of providing material assistance and financial support for El Aissami's activities. The Treasury Department said that it is set its sights on an international drug network spanning the British Virgin Islands, Panama, Britain, the United States and Venezuela. It has claimed that El Aissami oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including shipments to Mexico and the United States worth tens of billions of dollars. (ANI)